Creggs go close
in quarter final
Loughrea 15 Creggs 13
An under-strength Creggs squad almost pulled off a shock win against Loughrea in their Junior Cup quarterfinal encounter on St. Patrick’s Day.
Creggs were forced to field without several key players, but the team rose to the challenge to lead by 13-3 at half time. Noel Flynn accounted for eight points, with two well-struck penalties and a superb touchline conversion to Tom Callaghan’s try. Callaghan was one of the star performers for Creggs, roving the field to good effect alongside fellow backrow forwards Ja Hughes and Kevin Brandon. Johnny O’Loughlin scored a penalty for Loughrea early in the first half, but they struggled to break down a highly determined Creggs defence, despite having a monopoly of possession in the first quarter.
Trailing by ten points, despite territorial dominance, Loughrea regrouped at the interval and exerted severe pressure on Creggs, which finally yielded a try for winger Paul Wilson under the posts, making the conversion a formality for O’Loughlin.
Creggs continued to defend with immense bravery, but finally flanker Josh Hillas broke through for the match-winning try in the 68th minute, while Creggs had a player harshly consigned to the sin bin.
Noel Flynn was given a long-range chance to snatch an unlikely victory but his kick fell agonisingly short, much to the relief of the Loughrea team and supporters, whose reward is a home semi-final against Ballina. This game brought the season to a conclusion for the Creggs first team, with the main objective of league 1B status achieved for next season.
Creggs: D. Flahive, B. Kilcommons, C. Brandon, B. Egan, S. Quinn, E. Collins, N. Flynn; P. McNeill, N. Glennon, P. Coffey; E. Mulkerrins, T. Nee, T. Callaghan, K. Brandon, J. Hughes, K. Loughrey, J. Walsh, C. Hughes.

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